Opening Ceremony

Under the wise vision of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, the Sharjah Center of Astronomy and Space Sciences (SCASS), located in the University City of Sharjah opened its doors on May 07, 2015. Following the opening ceremony, Sheikh Sultan toured the new center and was briefed by Professor Hamid Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, on the new facility which offers educational programs as well as research and studies taking place in its special labs.

 

The new center has several exhibitions halls to highlight the contributions of Muslims to astronomy, the history of telescopes, satellites and also space exploration. One of the main attraction of the center is a 209-seat star planetarium that can project a brilliant star field of more than 10 million individual stars. The planetarium uses seven special projectors to project the Sun, Moon and the five naked eye planets visible from Earth, and to produce an interactive model of the observable universe, extending up to billions of light years away.

 

"That is the Correct Religion" (Deen Al Qay-yimah) was the title of the documentary written by His Highness Sheikh Sultan and watched by the officials and the special guests during this inaugural ceremony. The documentary tells the story of how the universe was created by Allah Almighty at the moment of the Big Bang, and also tells the story of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).